Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility
A.R.T. Season
December 10, 2017 - January 14, 2018
"A high-energy, inventively staged production... Jane Austen is alive and well and rolling on casters at the American Repertory Theater."
The Boston Globe
"Between blockbusters and Tony-winners, the theater has dropped in little gems—'Sense & Sensibility' may be the brightest gem yet."
The Boston Herald

By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker's exuberant, inventive staging of Jane Austen's classic novel follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor, emotion, and bold theatricality, Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

How Bedlam Theater Company Gave Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility Wings: 

How Bedlam Theater Company Gave Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility Wings

Creative team
Written by Kate Hamill
Adapted from the novel by

Jane Austen

Staging and Direction by Eric Tucker
Choreographer Alexandra Beller
Scenic Designer John McDermott
Costume Designer Angela Huff
Lighting Designer Les Dickert
Sound Designer Alex Neumann
Associate Director Aubrey Snowden
Production Stage Manager Brett Anders
Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Mrs. Ferrars Lisa Birnbaum
Marianne Dashwood Jessica Frey
Mrs. Jennings Nigel Gore
Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton Katie Hartke
Elinor Dashwood Maggie Adams McDowell
Colonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton James Patrick Nelson
Margaret Dashwood Violeta Picayo
Sir John Middleton/Servant/Doctor Ryan Quinn
John Willoughby/John Dashwood Benjamin Russell
Edward/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middelton Jamie Smithson
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Dance Captain Violeta Picayo
Assistant Scenic Designer

Clifton Chadick

Assistant Lighting Designer

Christopher Gilmore

Assistant Sound Designer

Stephanie Yackovetsky

Assistant Choreographer Violeta Picayo
A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Annabeth Lucas

Substitute Production Stage Manager (Jan.1 - Jan. 14) Heather Englander
Substitute Assistant Stage Manager (Jan. 8 - Jan. 14) Alycia Marucci

For Elinor Dashwood: Bridget Haberecht
For Marianne Dashwood: Katie Rich
For Margaret Dashwood/Anne Steele: Yeni Park
For Mrs. Dashwood: Laura Yumi Snell
For John Dashwood: Blake Edwards
For Edward Ferrars: Shawn Jain
For Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood: Erin Nicole Washington
For Colonel Brandon: Nathaniel Weiss
For John Willoughby: Jesse Friedman
For Sir John Middleton: Rafael Marinho
For Mrs. Jennings: Christina Brown
For Lady Middleton: Me'Lisa Sellers
For Lucy Steele: Sara Seyed
For Robert Ferrars: Peter Giovine


Original Poster Artwork by: ABM / Amanda Bohan, Micah Logsdon

Marriage deals on wheels might be an apt description of Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility. The former, of course, come courtesy of Jane Austen, who famously wrote elsewhere: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The latter are appended by the New York-based theater troupe Bedlam, whose delightfully exuberant 2014 staging of Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility — in a frisky adaptation by Kate Hamill, skitters and spins about the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center playing space (through Jan. 14) like the pieces and parts of some love-racked pinball machine. More

The basic story (or, rather, stories) are well enough known from the novel as well as the numerous television and film adaptations, but this version by Bedlam (as is their wont) is a real trip like no other. And every single member of this tenfold ensemble is brilliant. As just one example, in the blink of an eye Birnbaum flashes from motherly concern as Mrs. Dashwood to airhead Anne Steele to ancient Mrs. Ferrars with lightning speed in a bravura display. More

A beautifully staged and choreographed takeoff, by New York’s innovative Bedlam theatre company, on the early Jane Austen novel about two sisters navigating the seas of love. More

The Bedlam theater company’s frolic with Miss Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is absolutely delightful, at a moment’s notice changing from light and frivolous to polite and sensible – with just the right touch of nonsense. More

While it is scrupulously true to the plot of the novel, Hamill’s adaptation and Eric Tucker’s direction make this very much a story for our time. It brings the gossips of the tale front and center, unveiling how they revel in other people’s misery, could care less if they ruin lives, and run amok with juicy details. More

Bedlam, founded by Nichols and director-actor Eric Tucker around the time Hamill started working on her piece, found it an ideal vehicle for the company’s highly theatrical aesthetic, which features fast-paced adaptations, often performed in repertory with overlapping casts, that seem to cut to the essence of dense texts and make them feel light on their feet. More

This nonstop, high-energy romp gets as many laughs from its blocking – no, let’s call it choreography, of both people and objects – as from Kate Hamill’s artful adaptation of Austen’s witty 1811 novel. More

If we all need a little guidance on the issue of equality, Jane Austen is a good person to consult. A British author who was born in 1775, Austen created strong women who are independent thinkers. As literary creations, they are uncommonly complex for the time in which they were written. Women were the drivers of her plots, and the heroes of her stories. Austen’s legacy is her ability to tell tales of empowerment during a time of social repression. More


Press Releases

The performance for adults and children ages 12 and up will be specially modified for individuals with sensory needs, including people on the autism spectrum and their families and caretakers. This expansion of the theater’s access performances, which include ASL interpreted, audio described, open captioned, and family-friendly sensory friendly performances, reflects A.R.T.’s commitment to providing quality arts experiences for all.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University will offer a sensory friendly performance of Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30PM. The performance for adults and children ages 12 and up will be specially modified for individuals with sensory needs, including people on the autism spectrum and their families and caretakers.
Written by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen and directed by Eric Tucker, performances of the production recognized by The New York Times as having an “audaciously high energy level” will begin on Sunday, December 10, 2017, and continue through Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Loeb Drama Center.
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, announces dates of accessible programming in the 2017/18 Season. American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted, open-captioned, audio-described, and sensory-friendly performances will be offered.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season including Burn All Night, WARHOLCAPOTE, Sense and Sensibility, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True, The White Card, and Jagged Little Pill.

Learn about our Book Drive in collaboration with the literary works on our stage this December, and in partnership the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.


View the Social Story for Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility, which is designed to help audiences prepare for the Sensory Friendly performance of the show on January 9.


Visit our Toolkit Library to access the Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility Toolkit for information, articles, and activities about the show.


Love and Frustration
Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility Adaptor Kate Hamill on the creation of women-centered classics.


Austen on Wheels: Director Eric Tucker's exuberant staging
Revisiting classic texts with a signature wit and vibrancy, Bedlam's minimalist approach to design relies on actors, language, and fast-paced staging to reimagine entire worlds onstage.


The Script of Sensibility
by Deidre Lynch


Read the program for this production.


Read more in the A.R.T. Guide about Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility and other upcoming productions.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Sense & Sensibility Seating Chart in Traverse
High-res image:
Sense & Sensibility Seating Chart in Traverse
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Need to know

There will be a Sensory Friendly performance on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30PM.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 7+

ASL Interpreted

Jan. 3 at 7:30PM & Jan. 6 at 2PM

Audio Described

Jan. 5 at 7:30PM & Jan. 7 at 2PM

Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Jan. 4 at 7:30PM & Jan. 7 at 2PM

Purchase your tickets for our ASL, OC, or AD performances via phone at 617.547.8300, in person, or by email at


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Post-performance discussions with membersof the cast will follow the 2PM performances on Dec. 16, Jan. 3, Jan. 6, and Jan. 10.


Following the 2PM performance on Jan. 13, there will be a conversation with Deidre Shauna Lynch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University.